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ERIC Number: EJ915182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-1074-1917
Latino Questions on Race, Ethnicity, and Language at the Advent of the 2010 Census
Solorzano, Ramon, Jr.; Ahlen, Sondra
Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, v22 p17-45 2009-2010
Beginning in the 1960s, U.S. Census Bureau data became central to achieving legislatively mandated social justice through nondiscriminatory elections and the fair allocation of federal funds. In recent years, the census has become increasingly politicized due in part to close elections and changing minority voter demographics. For Latinos, the 2010 census marks a watershed for assessing ethnic, racial, and linguistic self-perception, standing, and outlook. Even as the Census Bureau invests government funding at unprecedented levels to boost Latino participation in 2010, it remains out of sync and outdated when it comes to responsibly collecting data on ethnicity, race, and language for this population. Drawing from our background in ethnographic research and studies in human-language technologies, we examine the wording and structure of questions on the 2010 decennial census and the yearly American Community Survey (ACS). We focus specifically on those questions related to race, Hispanic/ethnic origin, and language use and proficiency. We then offer recommendations for census/ACS questionnaires and the administration of the census, with a focus on better serving Latinos and other ethnic/linguistic groups in the United States. (Contains 30 endnotes and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States